Good reads – 2 (May 14, 2020)
Note from the Editor:
As the golf world awaits the re-opening of the courses around the world, here is a collection of some very good reads, that I came across.
I will try and share with you my selections, twice each week. If you liked any, you can tweet back your approval, suggestions or additions.Do acknowledge the authors/ reporters and my selection at @Swinging_Swamy
Stay safe, read and enjoy my selection.
Scottish golfers fearful of crossing border
The Scotsman – by Martin Dempster
Rarely have I come across a golf journalist like Martin Dempster (there have been others before my times, I am told) who works as hard or as diligently about the sport, in his region – his interest being Scottish golf. In these difficult times, while the world craves for just one more round, he writes about Scottish golfers, who fear fines, if they cross over the border and play golf in English clubs. Fascinating read, as always:
Scotland is set to be odd one out as Wales joins England in reopening golf courses
The Scotsman – by Martin Dempster
While you are at it, don’t miss out his other story, as Dempster reports, Scotland is set to be odd one out as Wales joins England in reopening golf courses. English courses re-opened this week and Welsh courses open on Monday, May 18.
Thoughtful McIlroy Still The Most Engaging Man In Golf
Global Golf Post – by Lewine Mair
A wonderful feature on Rory McIlroy in Global Golf Post by Lewine Mair, a friend who I have known for almost 15h years – I first met her in the week of Volvo China Opeen 2006, the week Jeev Milkha Singh ended his seven year long title drought and went on to become Asia No. 1 in 2006 and 2008. An article, which first appeared on Nov 4, 2019, is a great read once again. Lewine writes about McIlroy’s thoughts on a supportive family and the role his father, Gerry, coach Michael Banon, and wife, Erica have played in his career. Enjoy!
The Carr Chronicle: Joe Carr And Ireland’s First Family Of Golf
Global Golf Post – by John Hopkins
Play it again. Nothing like reading a great piece once again. This one on Joe Carr, the Irish golfing legend, by John Hopkins, another great golf writer, who also I have been fortunate to know. This, too, appears in the Global Golf Post.
The article first appeared on July 16, 2019, around the time The Open came to Royal Portrush. Its there again, and a pleasure it is to read it once more.
How Ben Hogan put Seminole on the map
By Jim McCabe, PGATour.com
Top Professionals from the PGA Tour return this Sunday, May 17 for the TaylorMade Driving Relief Fund and provide some live sports competition at the highest level in these time dominated by news of COVID-19.
The venue is Seminole Golf Club, a club that was ‘put on the map’ by Ben Hogan. Read Jim McCabe’s great offering on the PGATour.com and memories of the wonderful golf club, a legend and where golf starts again in the time of a pandemic.
Golf’s re-entry will be in the form of an 18-hole team Skins match pitting Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff with the Four-ball format being used throughout. As much as $4 million is committed for relief efforts for the pandemic and there is no prize money for the professionals.
Read also: Good Reads 01 – Selection of must-read stories from the world of golf